In the early part of the 19th century, the owner of the farm now known as “Banshee Reeks” was said to be of Irish/Scottish descent. In the Gaelic language, “banshee” is a female spirit and “reeks” refers to hills and dales.
According to the story, one night the farmer went into the town of Leesburg to attend to personal business and also paid a visit to the local saloon. While traveling back to the farm, the wind howled and the animals of the night made much noise. Upon arriving home, the farmer was in such a state of mind that he claimed that he heard a banshee on the reeks. The phrase was altered over the years and the area became known as “Banshee Reeks”.